Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 353–377 | Cite as

Stereo panorama acquisition and automatic image disparity adjustment for stereoscopic visualization

  • Fay Huang
  • Reinhard Klette


Image-based visualization is popular for various virtual tour applications, due to high-quality photorealism or simplicity for rendering. Stereo panorama representations of the virtual world are already a common part of this, either in small (computer screen) format or on large-scale stereo displays or screens. This paper discusses methods for determining optimum parameters, both for high-accuracy stereo panoramic image recording and displaying, with a special focus on automatic image disparity enhancement while displaying (e.g., including zooming) a stereo panorama. Experiments show that the discussed parameters are indeed critical for ensuring high-quality stereo viewing. Derived formulas in this study are applicable to various kinds of technologies for stereo panorama imaging or stereoscopic displaying.


Stereo panorama Image-based rendering Virtual reality system High-accuracy panoramic imaging 



This project is partially sponsored by the National Science Council, Republic of China, November 2006, (grant no. NSC 95-2218-E-197-001). Both authors thank colleagues at DLR Berlin-Adlershof for collaboration and support, especially with respect to data and experiments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science and Information EngineeringNational Ilan UniversityYi-LanTaiwan
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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